New MPs start their parliament check-in today
It’s the ‘first day of school’ for 200 members of parliament today. They can show up to receive their credentials from parliament officials, get their ID badges and then present them to the Chancellor of Justice. There’s also ongoing meetings of political party parliamentary groups as they prepare for the first session of the new parliament which takes place on Wednesday. As the leader of the biggest party, Antti Rinne (SDP) is talking with other parties to see if he can form a coalition government.
Child sex abuse trial starts in Oulu
The trial begins in Oulu this morning of a 21-year old man accused of gross rape and sexual abuse of a child. In all, eight men are suspected of abusing an underage girl in the northern city between June and October last year. They will stand trial individually at Oulu District Court. It will be a closed court session today, meaning members of the public are not allowed inside.
Renowned artist Oiva Toikka dies
Renowned Finnish artist Oiva Toikka has died age 87. The designer, who worked in ceramics and glass, passed away at a nursing home over the Easter weekend. Toikka is remembered particularly for his glass work, and his most famous designs for Iittala are a range of delicate and colourful glass birds. He also designed some signature Kastehelmi dishes and bowls for Iittala which can be found in many Finnish homes. More recently he collaborated to design the interior of Michelin-star awarded restaurant Chez Dominique in Helsinki.
Vintage tram gets new lease of life
A vintage Helsinki tram is getting a new lease of life. It was one of a number of carriages that were donated to different projects in the capital city region, and recently arrived at Teurastamo in east Helsinki, where it’s come into the care of Helsinki Distilling Company. The distinctive green and gold carriage is more than 100 years old and will find a new purpose as an event space for arts and science, or movie nights. Explore the original interiors of the tram in our original video story here.
Tuesday morning weather
It’s a bright, sunny and warm start to Tuesday morning across the whole country with many places already beginning the day with double digit temperatures.